Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr

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Applause Theatre & Cinema, Sep 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 266 pages
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(Applause Books). Now in paperback, the complete story of the actor's career, including his secret gay life. Raymond Burr (1917-1993) was an enigma. A film noir regular known for his villainous roles in movies like Rear Window , he eventually became one of the most popular stars in television history as the lead actor on two top-rated dramas, Perry Mason and Ironside , which between them ran virtually uninterrupted for 20 years. But Raymond Burr was leading a secret gay life at a time in Hollywood when exposure would have been career suicide. To protect his secret, Burr fabricated a tragic past for himself as a grieving husband and father. He claimed to have been twice widowed he said his first wife had died in a plane crash, and his second marriage had ended with his wife's early death from cancer. And there was also a dead son 10-year-old Michael, who lost his battle with leukemia. Neither of the wives nor Michael ever existed. But that didn't stop these lies from being perpetuated again and again, even in Burr's New York Times obituary. Hiding in Plain Sight examines the totality of Raymond Burr's career and his personal life, including his 35 years with partner Robert Benevides. The author interviewed over 30 people who knew or worked with Burr, including Angela Lansbury, Barbara Hale, Robert Wagner, Gale Storm, and more.

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User Review  - luke133 - Overstock.com

One of my favorite actors but looked everywhere for the book and could not find. So far I have enjoyed reading about his life.Thanks overstock for having this book Read full review

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User Review  - mistycat - Borders

Excellent Book! I absolutely loved this book. The Larger than Life Mr. Burr,no pun intended, was always Perry Mason to me and after reading this book will always be. This book is not a tell all, but a ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Michael Seth Starr (Northern New Jersey) has covered television at The New York Post for twelve years. He's written biographies of Peter Sellers, Art Carney, Joey Bishop, and Bobby Darin. He has appeared on the following national television programs to promote his books: The Today Show, The Early Show, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and Access Hollywood.

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